Laura Studanski of West Lutheran High School seems to excel in just about everything from literature to softball.
"I'm really passionate about learning and acquiring as much knowledge as I can," she said.
While maintaining a 4.08 grade-point average, she has managed to find time for extracurricular activities.
A snapshot of her schedule will leave you feeling exhausted. Laura's on the volleyball, basketball and softball teams, and participates in drama productions. She also performs in the band, and is both senior class president and Student Council president. What's more, she's president of the National Honors Society.
"She's always been a participant in everything that we offer and as time has gone by she's gone from participant to leader in just about everything that she does here," said West Lutheran Principal Adam Wiechmann.
Laura says she enjoys the atmosphere at West Lutheran and says it's a good place to live out her faith.
"Everything that we do, we're doing it to glorify God. So when we're in sports we're always praying before games and we're reminding each other that we're doing this because God gave us gifts to do so. And when we're doing academics we're doing it to show that knowledge and wisdom that God has given us," she said.
Laura is especially passionate about science and wants to pursue a chemical engineering degree. She's currently deciding between four different colleges.
"I've been wanting to do something like chemistry and science since sixth grade," she said. "I know that's what I'm going to do."
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